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Tennis in Cyprus
Combine some family down time with rst-class tennis
coaching at the ve-star Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus. The
breathtaking Mediterranean backdrop could be more than
a little distracting for those trying to perfect their lob and
backhand, but the coaches at the Annabel Croft Tennis
Academy ensure focus remains well and truly on the ball.
Group and private coaching is available, and the repetitive
hitting and drill-based exercises are aimed at rening footwork
and positioning to develop greater technical and tactical
understanding of the game. With friendlies (and some highly
competitive "not so friendlies"), events and tournaments
throughout the week, there are plenty of opportunities for
families to put their new-found skills to the test.
Price for a family of four (children under 12) from £3,058 based
on seven nights half-board in a junior villa with private pool and
including ights, transfers and two hours of tennis coaching per
child, per day for ve days; aphroditehillsresortholidays.com
Rugby and netball coaching
It took all my resolve to hold o� running to my daughter's defence
as the 6ft 7in, 18 stone Martin Johnson (captain of England's 2003
Rugby World Cup-winning team) bore down on her as she charged
across the rugby pitch, ball neatly tucked under her arm. "Do what
you do best, communicate," yelled fellow World Cup winner Austin
Healey, encouraging Molly to interact with her teammates.
Despite having a rugby fanatic dad, Molly had never shown
much interest in rugby before arriving at Forte Village. However,
after a morning of riotous
fun, the biggest dilemma of
the week was whether to
stick with rugby or to join
the netball academy, headed
up by England Netball head
coach Anna Mayes. Luckily for
Molly, SuperSkills' exibility
allowed her to do both.
"This week is about sport
and fun, but it's also about
friendship and inclusiveness,"
Healey had said on night one.
He wasn't paying lip service
- we'd expected the SuperSkills coaches to be on the sports pitch
in the morning, but hadn't really thought they'd be hanging out
on the beach, dive bombing in the pool, or joining us for drinks
in the evening. It's fair to say that while parents of a certain age
consider the likes of Johnson, Healey and fellow coach and World
Cup winner Jason Leonard sporting legends, the kids saw them as
nothing more than good teachers and terric fun. It wasn't long
until the adults saw them in the same way.
Forte Village is a 140-acre green oasis on the southwest coast
of Sardinia. It's the perfect family resort, with numerous pools
and a plethora of sporting academies (including football, cricket,
swimming and biking) running alongside the SuperSkills o�ering.
Its refurbishment is warranted, but the resort has a warmth and soul
that's lacking in so many places, and provides an environment where
even the most neurotic parent is happy to loosen the reins and allow
little ones some freedom and independence.
And SuperSkills actually delivers what it promises - sports coaching
with sports legends, and a great family holiday to boot.
Price for a family of four (two adults and two children under 13) from
£5,450 based on a seven-night stay in an Il Villaggio family bungalow
on a half-board basis and including participation in the netball or
rugby academy for two children. Excludes ights but includes transfers;
DILEMMA OF THE
WEEK WAS WHETHER
TO STICK WITH RUGBY
OR TO JOIN THE